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Next Generation Readers Tested
with CISC RFID Xplorer

“As an all-in-one test instrument, the CISC RFID Xplorer is an efficient and effective choice for testing RAIN RFID readers,” says Max Kingsbury, Lead Technical Marketing Engineer at Impinj. “I recommend the Xplorer to our embedded reader partners as a fast and easy alternative to building their own RF test system.”

RFID Xplorer allows the testing of readers on different parameters

Testing with RFID Xplorer helps verify that readers meet the functional, performance, design, and implementation requirements identified during deployment at the retail- store. The Xplorer unit is in full accordance with ISO/IEC 18046-2, which addresses the user requirements that allow performance testing of readers in different settings, such as

  • Use of tag emulation to allow reader testing beyond the limits of tag production tolerances and the fortune to find such tags
  • Use of off-the-shelf readers with default settings
  • Evaluation of readers on system parameters as e.g. phase shift or self-jamming
  • Evaluation of readers on tag parameters as e.g. BLF variation

RFID Xplorer Sniffer allows debugging in a fraction of seconds

Even after performance verification, RAIN readers may not behave as intended upon interaction with real RAIN tags. RFID Xplorer Sniffer software may then be used to capture the detection and decoding of reader commands and tag responses in real-time. Sniffer allows the user to trigger on-reader commands. Complex waveform signals are recorded and saved on the hard-drive in a stream file to make them available for further analysis both in the time and frequency domains. This includes message parsing, waveform analysis, frequency spectrum, and link timing analysis. The data is stored in a user-friendly format which reduces debugging time to a fraction of seconds.


Impinj achieved
significant decrease in R&D time

  • An effective and efficient way of testing
    RAIN RFID Readers
  • Significant decrease in R&D time
  • Reader sensitivity tested over different system parameters (phase shift) and tag parameters (BLF)
  • Sniffer effectively reduces debugging time
About Impinj

Impinj (NASDAQ: PI) is a leading provider of RAIN RFID solutions. Our platform, comprising both hardware and software, uses RAIN RFID to wirelessly connect

everyday items to the internet, delivering digital life to the physical world. Impinj is helping companies around the world increase sales, improve efficiencies, and deliver compelling experiences.

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